Yes Christmas is looming so I have decided that from 1st December I am going all festive here on the Blog...Every post will be related in someway to Christmas, pictures, anecdotes, rantings, and all the other stuff. That means I now have to get busy and get some stuff together. So in true Inkydoodles tradition I leave a doodle of a small hairy bird.
A quick trip around the shops confirms that Christmas is just around the corner...Love it or hate it will be here on the 25th of next Month..."Ladeeeezz and Genalmennn" please start your credit cards and prepare for a bumby ride.
Here is a little doodle of a cat and christmas pud...
I like many other cartoonist types tend be collectors of books that have cartoons or illustrations in them. We all collect for any number of reasons, some will collect anything and everything regardless of the artist. While others like me tend to collect them to look specifically at the work of the artist and are therefore more selective in choice. I often visit bookshops to trawl the shelves of the ‘Humour’ section looking for books to add to the collection. Though I look through a lot of books, the decision to buy is often based on the style of the artist. I have number of books at home, enough for me to be able to select 10 books as my desert island ‘drawing’ books, so in true diplomatic reality TV show style….. “In no particular order” here are the 10 books chosen for the desert island.
Book: The Square Egg Artist: Ronald Searle Reason: A brilliant and varied collection of drawings with a unique and enviable style
Book: Life of Birds Artist: Quentin Blake Reason: Fantastic pencil and wash anthropomorphic drawings of birds
Book: The Drawings of Heinrich Kley Artist: Heinrich Kley Reason: Incredible draughtsmanship, extraordinary linework
Book: Icon Artist: Frank Frazetta Reason: I don’t think anybody else can or ever will do Fantasy art like Frazetta.
Book: Birds of Feather Artist: Harry Hargreaves Reason: Wordless cartoons executed with great skill in a very appealing style
Book: Action Speaks Artist: Sergio Aragones Reason: Wicked sense of humour, the master of the silent cartoon
Book: Drawing Blood Artist: Gerald Scarfe Reason: I have always admired the work of Gerald Scarfe, the linework is bold and confident and the occasional unintentional splats of ink add to the spontaneity.
Book: Crazy world of Jogging Artist: Bill Stott Reason: A subject close to my heart and if you want see energy in linework then look at work of Mr Bill Stott.
Book: Cartoon of Ed McLachlan Artst: Ed McLachlan Reason: The sense of humour strikes a chord with me as does the trademark style
Book: Mad book of Horrifying clichés Artist: Paul Coker Jr Reason: Clever drawings that guarantee a smile no matter how many times you look at them.
Well some would say an unusual mix and I would add that it is an honest mix of what I like. The truth is I could have chosen more but then I wouldn’t have room for any food on my desert island.
Just look at movies by Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. Silent comedy in cartoon form is a favourite of mine. There are a plenty of cartoonists who do wordless gags but one of my favourites is Sergio Aragones one of the long standing contributing artists to Mad Magazine. His cartoons are lively and carry his wonderful sense of humour effortlessly to the reader or should I say observer. His cartoons are silent and always funny, the expressions get the message across as do the situations, and general story telling. Here is an example that I found particularly funny, just look at the expressions in panels 4 & 5 for me this where the story is nailed, the realization on the faces that say “hey maybe we are onto to something here” Pick up any Mad Magazine and Sergio’s drawing are scattered throughout the margins and he always does a main feature. He is reputed to draw constantly and there is probably not enough time left on earth for most of us to look at all the drawings he has ever done. But a least you can make a start here at his website http://www.sergioaragones.com/